The advantages of Psychometric testing

The previous article covers why a business might want to use a psychometric test. They can complement existing processes and be used to learn more about a person’s motivations, but what do they offer in the way of benefits? From enabling consistent recruitment decisions to maintaining company culture, they can be customised to meet many specific requirements.

Ensuring quality & company suitability

Maintaining a company culture is regularly listed as one of the top concerns when bringing in new people. While it is possible to weigh a person up and get a decent impression during an interview, there are few hiring managers who can claim to have a 100% success rate with new hires. While not a guarantee of success, psychometric testing can provide further details on an individual’s mentality.

Psychometric tests can discover a potential employee’s preferred work style discover if they have appropriate talent.

Simon Kerevan, Iceberg Consulting

The tests can be applied to any and every psychological area. It comes down to understanding what you want to test, as a one size fits all approach doesn’t work. The line of questioning and desired outcome will change depending on the role, but the end goal will be to find people who share your values and will strengthen your existing culture. Maintaining this will give you the best possible chance of improving retention amongst new and existing staff.

While assessments don’t make candidates better, they can help you to select the right person for the role by providing more information than you would get from a typical CV and covering letter. Both of these documents will be meticulously prepared and scrutinised by candidates, and interpretations of these materials can also be subjective. Psychometric tests can ensure every applicant is given equal, fair consideration.

Encouraging consistency

References can provide valuable information when hiring, but they also come from an external source, whose benchmarks and interests are different from your own. Gut feeling and instincts are a vital ally to many professionals, but they are subjective and can be influenced by mood. During psychometric testing, all applicants are tested against one benchmark. This not only allows consistency, but also guarantees that prejudices or third parties don’t affect your recruitment.

Trust your gut & your instincts but don't be blinded by them

Psychometric testing can be used to make employment decision making an unbiased, regulated and scientific process. Through norming – comparing the test results to people who have taken the test previously – it is possible to notice otherwise concealed differences between candidates. Providing the setting remains constant, these tests can also be used to test situational readiness and whether a candidate can handle certain pressure.

Education doesn’t equal ability. Psychometric tests can reveal details that degrees don’t.

On top of the same conditions, it is simple to test people for similar roles against the same criteria. For a salesperson or other client facing roles, such as project management, it’s an effective way to explore how a candidate handles other people. By measuring their logical and behavioural responses to targeted questions around relationship building and interaction, it’s possible to ensure you hire people who fit the right profile.

Save time and money

Saving time & money

As psychometric tests can be used to discover a potential employee’s work style, as well as if they have the appropriate talent, they can help companies filter through large volumes of applicants objectively and quickly. By identifying those who fit at an early stage, it is possible to streamline the entire hiring process.

Running psychometric testing prior to the interview stage will help to reduce time to hire, particularly for vacancies that receive a large amount of interest. By letting only the best candidates get through to the next stage of interviews, your time can be dedicated to those who are most suitable. The cumulative effect of this is more efficient recruitment, with less time spent on unsuitable people and a reduction in associated costs as a result.

By making staffing decisions a scientific process, your people can have more confidence in your process.

When used in conjunction with other recruitment methods, psychometric assessments enable the quick, consistent processing of high quality candidates. Determining what attributes are important to you and identifying them is vital and it’s your selection of test that separates an optimal result from an acceptable one.

The differing styles and focus areas of psychometric tests mean there are tests for all circumstances.

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